The flower and the fly

30 Nov

Pretty things.

I’m in the middle of prelims and also a rather prolonged fever but I thought I’d check in before November ended.

Plus now I can stare at this pretty flower and the stripey fly I saw in Argentina.  I don’t know what kind of fly it is but it’s very striking.  Looks like it’s a nectar feeder.  VanEngelsdorp and Mexner recently estimated the global value of insect pollination at US$ 212 billion, or about 10% of the global value of agricultural production (2010).  There, I even included an insect fact.

Shh, only pretty flower-flies now.

*edit* Thanks kindly to Morgan Jackson and Joel Kits in the comments for identifying this as a bee fly (Bombyliidae) in the genus Poecilognathus.  Bee flies are really really cool little flies whose young generally parasitize other insects.

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3 Responses to “The flower and the fly”

  1. Morgan Jackson November 30, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

    Cool fly! I passed it along to a bee fly expert (Joel Kits) who confirmed it’s a bee fly (Bombyliidae) and probably in the genus Poecilognathus.

    • 6legs2many December 1, 2012 at 12:32 am #

      Oh, wow, thanks. That’s actually pretty cool; I wouldn’t have guessed. And hurray for the internet solving bug mysteries!

  2. nwexterminating December 11, 2012 at 1:58 pm #

    This photograph is sensational! Amazing how you can get so much detail and I love the interesting facts associated with it. Kudos. Excellent blog posting.

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